The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Location: MON-FUCKING-TANA
  • Favorite foods: Big, greasy, runny egg sandwiches with bacon, cheese, spinach & spring onions. Also: anything that originated as a pig, garlicy crunchy dill pickles, microbrews, & cheese danish
  • Last bite on earth: Steak, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, green beans, baked beans, and smores consumed by a campfire in the desert

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What "Selling Out" Allows a Craft Brewery to Do

Meh, going from 50 barrel batches to… whatever doesn't make much difference in my opinion. Speaking as a brewer/brewery owner, I personally feel that there is a loss of a certain... Je Ne Sais Quoi, magic, heart, soul, whatever you want to call it… when you start getting above 10 barrel batches in the first place.

Spokane/Bozeman/Idaho Falls/Boise

Oh, also, there's a bunch of breweries in Bozeman, but be aware that Montana has really strange laws when it comes to breweries, most of them close at 8 and you get these little tickets so they can keep count of how many you've had.

Spokane/Bozeman/Idaho Falls/Boise

If you go through Pocatello, ID the brewery there has great food, all house made stuff, and good beer.

There are two breweries in Idaho Falls, one with food one without. The one without food (Idaho Brewing Company) has better beer, the other (Snow Eagle) is owned by some Mormon folks who don't drink, which I find odd, but it's not terrible and the (non-sushi) food is pretty good.

Lucy's New York Pizza has 3 locations around Idaho Falls but the one in Roberts is the best (although no real seating, so you probably will need to take-out there). It's hands down the best pizza I've had since moving out west 10 years ago, including all the fancy hyped up places I ate at while living in Portland for years.

Are you guys stopping at Craters of the Moon? That would seem expected for Geologists but maybe out of the way? It's still pretty cool to see.

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

Just salt, butter and high heat! Blue-cheese mushrooms and a spinach salad as bookends!

What's the Weirdest Ice Cream Flavor You've Ever Tried?

Candycap mushroom at Salt and Straw in Portland is my all-time most favorite ice cream ever. Everyone thinks it sounds disgusting but it is phenomenal.

A Burger With Fantastic Beef at The Meat Market Burger in Great Barrington, MA

I would like to eat my way out of a swimming pool of those pickles.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: The Baking Steel

Pepperoni in moderation, not when its layered so thick you can't even see the cheese!

The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Next, you need to fly to Denver and spend a few weeks there tweaking this recipe for those of us living at high altitudes. I made PERFECT chocolate chip cookies when living at sea level in Oregon, now I'm at 5000 ft in Idaho and it's back to the drawing board.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Phantom of the Fridge Secret Stash

Some kind of toasted bread-ish substance with butter and Parmesan cheese

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: High Road Ice Cream 6-Pack

Candycap mushroom (really, Salt & Straw made it once and it was to die for)

Ask a Cicerone: Your Favorite Pumpkin Beer

I am obsessed with Pumking (Southern Tier). I used to live nearby, then moved to Portland where I could still get it, but now I'm in Idaho and I'm devastated it's going to be a Pumking-less year.

Cereal Eats: If You Could Create Your Dream Cereal...

Blueberry muffin cereal that actually tastes like that and not like the fake blueberry crap that already exists. Maybe real freeze-dried blueberries + streusel-y chunks + something muffin-y and vanilla flavored thats the texture of cinnamon toast crunch.

Open Thread: Do You Eat in Bed?

Research shows that it's best for you sleep to really ONLY sleep in bed. The more others stuff you do there (especially things like doing work and watching TV) the more your sleep suffers. Something science-y and somewhat pavlovian about training your body to realize bed=sleep and not bed=eating, working, talking on the phone, etc. helps you get to sleep quicker and sleep deeper.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

I had a Salt & Straw flavor last fall that was candy-cap mushroom and it haunts my dreams...

What won't you allow in your kitchen/pantry?

Caraway seeds... because they are disgusting and the kind of bagels you get 6 to a bag in the bread isle as they are only bagel-shaped (terrible) bread.

Supermarket Sweets: We Try Talenti's New Gelato Pops

Too bad they didn't make one with their Coconut; it's the only flavor if theirs I really find all that good. It's got an awesome coconut marshmallow texture/flavor going and is great with hot fudge.

Favorite food from video games?

I love all the food in the old, original bubble bobble. There is even beer.

Open Thread: What's One Food You Wish You Liked?

Caraway seeds! I hate them but love everything they are typically in/on.


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